Normativity And Empirical Research In Theology (Empirical by Johannes A Ven, Michael Scherer-Rath

By Johannes A Ven, Michael Scherer-Rath

The assumption for this quantity originates from the 1st assembly of the foreign Society of Empirical study in Theology (ISERT) in 2002 on the Radboud college Nijmegen. during this quantity, researchers and teachers from South Africa, nice Britain, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands debate in regards to the basic query of the function of theological normativity in empirical learn in theological fields. In fourteen contributions this e-book wish to remove darkness from the importance of this principal subject for the self-discipline of sensible theology. the 1st a part of the e-book presents a dialogue concerning the empirical personality of functional theology and the results for clinical examine in theological fields. the second one half offers with the normative implications of empirical study. it's proven with the aid of concrete examine tasks that empirical study is feasible in sensible theology and that theology works normatively in empirical learn.

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Defines explanation as ‘answering the why question’ and as ‘insights into the cause-effect relations between variables’. I doubt, however, whether these are definitions of the same thing. Usually explanations are a type of human speech act. That applies to normative 38    explanations as well. Sometimes such an explanation exists only in the researcher’s mind and is not communicated. In that case the explanation is no more than a psychic state, hence an insight. But in our context the distinction between explanation-in-speech and explanation-in-the-mind is less pertinent.

Thus the statement, ‘priests do not marry because it is not permitted’, explains their celibacy, not because they in fact do not marry and in fact are not permitted to marry, but because the party making the statement believes that mandatory celibacy is the explanatory cause of their de facto celibacy. Consequently the statement does not permit any other inferences about priests’ unmarried state, for instance that it makes them miserable or that they have to spend more time on housekeeping than married men.

This page intentionally left blank NORMATIVE EXPLANATION IN PRACTICAL THEOLOGY A  J Norms are guidelines for action and thought. They determine what must and what must not happen. If people do not know exactly what is permissible or impermissible, they can research it, also scientifically. The legal sciences, for example, do so very thoroughly; so does ethics. And from the start practical theology has been very much normatively oriented. It has made a point of trying to evolve scientific guidelines for pastoral work, church development and religious experience.

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